The 22nd annual Evening Under the Stars gala will feature a performance by music legend Darlene Love followed by dancing to a live high-energy band. The event will take place Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs.
Through the years, Darlene Love has captivated audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. It’s no wonder The New York Times raves: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics."
Immediately following her performance, a live band will provide the high-energy dance music that our audience expects. We know that Darlene’s show will get people moving, and we want that to carry on into the ultimate dance party and keep the momentum going.
Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector's ‘wall of sound’ hit factory, this great lady has done it all...from major motion pictures like the highly successful “Lethal Weapon” series to Broadway hits like “Hairspray” and “Grease.” She even starred as herself in “Leader Of The Pack,” credited as Broadway’s first ‘jukebox musical.’
Love’s background vocals for The Blossoms, The Crystals, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: “He’s A Rebel,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love.”
Last August, The Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it is producing a biopic for the big screen based on Love's life, starring Toni Braxton. Another recent film in which Love is prominently featured – “Twenty Feet from Stardom” – landed an Academy Award in 2014.
onsidered by many to be the unofficial finale of the desert social season, Evening Under the Stars was named ‘Best Annual Charity Event’ in the inaugural ‘Best of Coachella Valley’ reader’s poll sponsored by Coachella Valley Independent. In Desert Magazine’s Best of the Valley competition, AAP was a finalist in their Best Charity category. In conjunction with the organization’s Jeannette Rockefeller Angel Program, Evening Under the Stars provides the majority of funding for AAP’s food voucher program for low-income residents of the Palm Springs area living with HIV/AIDS.
In addition to exciting entertainment and dancing, gala festivities will also include refreshing cocktails, fabulous live and silent auctions, delectable cuisine, and inspiring honorees. Tickets for the benefit, priced at $395 and $500 per person, are now available for purchase. Individual VIP seats and sponsorship opportunities are also available.